lunar eclipse collage
Photo Credit: Calvin Corrigan, McAuliffe Scholar, Class of 2016

As part of the eighth grade space expedition this year, each student is required to do an astronomical observation each week. This is designed to tie the content in the classroom to what they see in the night sky.

Sunday, September 27th was a very special observation – a total lunar eclipse. As the Moon passed into and through the Earth’s shadow, the students were treated to a dark red moon. It was a wonderful opportunity for our scholars to experience celestial mechanics first hand. The science lessons in the following days focused on eclipses and it was grounded by the scholars observations.

The next observation goal is to spot the International Space Station as is passes overhead.